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State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel

State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, announced Tuesday he will not run for Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 2016.

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, who visited the region last month as a prelude to a possible U.S. Senate run, has decided not to seek higher office next year.

In a message emailed to supporters Tuesday morning, the conservative Hoosier lawmaker said the expected impact of a statewide campaign on the lives of his wife and five daughters convinced him to pass on the race.

"While I have been grateful and humbled by the encouragement, confidence and support granted to me, it has become increasingly apparent that the burden on my family would be too great for me to enter the open United States Senate race, or any race, in 2016," Delph said.

Delph and his family were feted Aug. 2 by members of Crown Point's Living Stones Church, who enthusiastically encouraged him to bring his strong stands against abortion and same-sex marriage, and for the broadest possible definition of religious liberty, to the U.S. Senate.

Without Delph in the race, three men are vying for Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate nomination: Eric Holcomb, a former Coats aide and past chairman of the Indiana Republican Party; U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Howe; and U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-Bloomington.

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Statehouse Bureau Chief

Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.